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AAC Awards of Excellence, ACA Appoints Speaker

AAC announces Awards of Excellence

The Aluminum Anodizers Council (AAC) (Wauconda, Ill.) has announced the recipients of two Awards of Excellence during the 19th Annual International Anodizing Conference on October 6, 2010.  The 2010 Anodizing Conference took place in Montréal, Québec and was attended by more than 130 delegates representing 12 different countries on five continents.  The Awards of Excellence acknowledge exemplary contributions by authors and presenters from the previous year's Anodizing Conference.  Also during the 2010 Anodizing Conference, the Council announced an initiative to engage academia in furthering the anodizing industry.
The 2010 Awards of Excellence recognized two authors who presented papers at the 2009 Anodizing Conference in Fort Worth, Texas.  The Donald I. Johnson Award of Excellence for best presentation at the 2009 Anodizing Conference was awarded to H. Hau Wang, Ph.D. from Argonne National Laboratory for his paper, New Uses for Anodized Aluminum Oxide.  Wang, a Chemist and Principal Investigator in the Molecular Materials group, Materials Science Division, at Argonne National Laboratory in Argonne, Ill., is an expert in electroactive, polymeric and nano-scaled material synthesis and characterization.  His presentation covered some of the work performed by the nano-science and engineering research community on anodized aluminum oxide (AAO).  In his presentation, he explained that the framework of AAO is very similar to micro-channel plate (MCP) used in various devices such as night vision goggles and photo-detectors.  Wang noted that, with proper surface coating, AAO might lead to inexpensive large-area MCP detectors, which are components used for detection of particles such as electrons, ions and radiation such as ultraviolet radiation and x-rays.  His presentation also briefly reviewed AAO-based exploratory efforts from basic research to energy and security applications.
The Robert L. Kersman Award of Excellence for best paper from the 2009 Anodizing Conference was awarded to Dale Barkey, Ph.D., Professor of Engineering at the University of New Hampshire.  His paper, Electrochemical Kinetics, Transport & Pattern Formation in Anodizing, addressed the formation of anodic oxide finishes examined as a far-from-equilibrium electrochemical phase-formation process.  In this view, the growth of a highly ordered oxide phase is related to competition among electrostatic and diffusive driving forces, surface kinetics and spare charges.  The paper studied the framework compared with published models of oxide growth, as well as experimental data from this laboratory.

Dr. Tinh Nguyen to Deliver 2011 Mattiello Lecture at ACA’s CoatingsTech Conference

The American Coatings Association (ACA) (Washington, DC) is pleased to announce that Dr. Tinh Nguyen, Physical Scientist and a Senior Project Leader in the Materials & Construction Research Division at the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST), will deliver the Mattiello Memorial Lecture at its CoatingsTech Conference, March 14-16, 2011, at the Hilton Rosemont/Chicago O’Hare in Rosemont, Ill. The CoatingsTech Conference is the coatings industry’s leading technical event, and will embrace the theme, “The New Face of Innovation,” showcasing the industry’s most exciting developments in coatings methodologies and applications.
Dr. Nguyen joined NIST (then NBS) in 1982. Prior to joining NIST, he worked as a research chemist for Atlantic Richfield Chemical Company (ARCO), from 1979 to 1982. He received his B.S. in Engineering from University of Saigon and Ph.D in Materials Science from the University of California at Berkeley, where he was a research assistant from 1974 to 1979.
Dr. Nguyen’s research interests include adhesion; surface and interface phenomena; water at the polymer/substrate interface and in polymers; corrosion and delamination of polymer-coated steel; photodegradation of polymers; polymer nanocomposites and nanoscale chemical measurement with AFM; and nanoparticle release during life cycles of polymer nanocomposites.
Dr. Nguyen has received numerous awards and citations, including the Commerce Bronze Medal Award in 1994, the 2006 John Gordon Award, and has been a multiyear recipient of the Roon Foundation Awards. He has also received numerous best paper awards at national and international conferences. He is the author or co-author of over 230 technical publications and nine patents.
Dr. Nguyen was Director of the NIST/Industry Consortium on Polymer Interphases, which he founded, from 2001 to 2007. He is a Fellow of the Adhesion Society and served as the Associate Editor of the Journal of Materials for Civil Engineering from 1998 to 2004.
For more information on the 2011 CoatingsTech Conference and Short Courses, contact Starsha Valentine at or visit